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LATEST EXPORT RESULTS FOR BEEF, PORK AND LAMB

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USMEF ANNUAL REPORT

The USMEF Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016 is now available online.


USMEF STRATEGIC PLAN

At the November 2016 USMEF Strategic Planning Conference, the USMEF board of directors approved the organization’s strategic plan for 2016-2020. It is available online.


MAP/FMD FUNDING

In early May 2017, Congress approved legislation that funds federal government operations through this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. The funding bill was signed by President Trump. The legislation includes full funding of $200 million for the USDA Market Access Program (MAP) and $34.5 million for the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program, as authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

UPDATE: On May 23, the Trump administration released its FY 2018 budget proposal, which seeks elimination of MAP and FMD. These programs have played a critical role in developing international demand for U.S. red meat, and USMEF members are encouraged to contact legislators and urge their continued support for MAP and FMD. But members should also keep in mind that this is only the first step in a lengthy congressional budget process, and there is strong, bipartisan support for these programs on Capitol Hill. (See below for further updates on this issue as the FY 2018 budget process moves forward.)

UPDATE: On May 26, 2017, the USMEF Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution supporting continued funding of MAP and FMD and encouraging organizations that advocate on behalf of U.S. agriculture to make funding these programs a legislative priority. The full text of the resolution is available online.

UPDATE: In July 2017, MAP and FMD funding has fared well in the House and Senate Appropriations Committee markups of the FY 2018 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. In separate versions of the bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee and by the Senate Appropriations Committee, MAP and FMD were fully funded as authorized in the 2014 farm bill. It is not yet clear when these bills will be considered by the full House or full Senate, but USMEF members are urged to continue contacting legislators to voice support for fully funding these programs as they provide critical support for international marketing of U.S. beef, pork and lamb, as well as other U.S. agricultural exports.

Additional notes on MAP, FMD:

In November 2016, USDA announced allocation of $173.5 million in Market Access Program (MAP) funding for the 2017 fiscal year. USDA also announced $26.6 million in allocations under the USDA Foreign Market Development (FMD) program. More details are available in this USDA news release.

USDA also recently announced the results of an updated study examining the effectiveness of agricultural export development programs funded under the farm bill, including the MAP and FMD programs, from 1977 through 2014. The study found that these programs contributed an average of $8.2 billion per year (a total of more than $309 billion) to U.S. farm export revenue, and identified a 28-to-1 return on investment from these programs.

On Feb. 28, 2017, the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing titled, The Next Farm Bill: International Market Development. The primary focus of the hearing was to examine the benefits derived from the MAP and FMD Programs. USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng was invited to testify on the important roles MAP and FMD funding play in expanding global demand for U.S. red meat. More details from the hearing are available online.


CURRENT TRADE TOPICS

NAFTA

West Coast Port Labor Contract Extension

Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement and Other Trade Agreements

USDA Undersecretary for Trade

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Meat Inspection Investigation in Brazil

Trade with South Africa

Traceability

Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement


BEEF ACCESS ISSUES

Japan’s Frozen Beef Safeguard Increases Duty Rate

Atypical BSE Case Detected

Access for U.S. Beef in China

U.S.-Brazil Beef Trade

European Union

U.S. Beef Gains Expanded Access to Thailand

WTO Ruling on Beef Access to Indonesia

Japan

Mexico Grants Duty-free Access for Imported Beef

Saudi Arabia Reopens to U.S. Beef

Israel

Argentina

Russia


PORK ACCESS ISSUES

CSF Rule for Mexico

PEDV – Uzbekistan Lifts Ban on U.S. Pork

EU Pork Access to Russia

Chile and Peru

China

Codex Guidelines for Trichinae

Russia


LAMB ACCESS ISSUES

Restoring Access for U.S. Lamb in High-Value Markets


CORN AND SOYBEANS

How Corn and Soybean Producers Benefit from Red Meat Exports


USMEF MISSION AND FUNDING

USMEF Mission

USMEF Funding Overview


INTERVIEWING NOTES

Notes, Reminders when Speaking to Media